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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 287
Gots: 987 | FT: 192
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 07:33:07 | More by Thedaver4220
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Samuel906

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a seriously amazing barleywine. A huge beer with tons and tons of flavor. Pours a very deep mahogany; dark brown with some reddish tinge. Thin khaki color head with little retention. Huge aroma of bourbon, molasses, red oak, caramel, tobacco, cocoa and wine just to name a few. As the beer warms it goes through several phases with different detectable aromas. Taste is wonderful! Sweet bourbon and oak upfront, vanilla, cherries, banana, and the aftertaste reminds me of a fortified port and sherry. Wonderfully complex. Mouthfeel is heavy and rich. Some moderate carbonation brings some of the lighter flavors to life. Not much booze on the palette but you can feel it in your nose and stomach. Very warming on a winter night! Overall, this might be my new favorite barleywine, but I'd have to compare this and Firestone's Stickee Monkey side-by-side. Superb brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 07:20:51 | More by Samuel906
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Wsherry1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 06:21:07 | More by Wsherry1
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept. 24 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with ruby clarity in spots when held to light. Half finger thick tan head receded quickly to a thin foam ring.

s: Smoky dark fruit.

t: Pleasing combination of dark ripe fruit and smoky ash. High ABV not evident at first until swallowed, when there is some throat burn. Slight smoky aftertaste becomes more dark fruity, not to say boozy, as drinking proceeds.

m: Moderate with great body,

o; Takes barleywine to a new level with added flavor and at first at least particularly well-covered high ABV. Curious that, unlike the BCB Stout, there is not much in the way of bourbon aroma or flavor considering this was aged in bourbon barrels. Perhaps it's because the barrels are "third use" with BCBS having already absorbed much of the bourbon in the wood.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 06:10:45 | More by scotorum
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 06:00:51 | More by cyrushire
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 05:29:33 | More by millelacsmark
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Allurex

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-05-2013 05:27:34 | More by Allurex
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carmike813

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 04:51:13 | More by carmike813
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griffiam03

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 04:41:01 | More by griffiam03
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Rish907

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 04:38:08 | More by Rish907
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Hammdesigns

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-05-2013 04:29:22 | More by Hammdesigns
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few four packs up this. Lets jump on the train and see where it takes me...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost chestnut hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades to leave thin light tan wisps and a slight halo.

S - Nice aromas of smooth bourbon, big sweet malts, nice dark fruits, some light vanilla. The booze is there but is not distracting. Nice brown sugar notes. I was expecting this to be much more of a nasal assault.

T - Taste is quite nice. Definitely flashes of the BCBS in this with some tasty chocolate and vanilla bourbon notes along with wood. Very light flashes of coconut from the barrel. Very nice dark fruits and brown sugar sweet notes. Quite delicious. Alcohol is not even remotely noticeably on the pallet, which is crazy. I like how someone else described this as beer concentrate.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Smooth, not much carbonation but that works as it lends a nice heavy feel. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall, this is a delicious beer, I just wish the nose was as rich as the flavour. I bet age is going to make this wonderful. Not overly sweet this has so much going for it. Tons of upside here.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:24:34 | More by rudzud
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 04:23:09 | More by MaseFace
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Nightrain

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-05-2013 04:22:13 | More by Nightrain
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-05-2013 03:56:58 | More by jsh420
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brewdog444

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-05-2013 03:01:19 | More by brewdog444
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is almost completely black and you can start to smell it from a foot away. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, dark caramel and spices. A similar flavor profile with less roast /chocolate and more dark sugar. A bit of alcoholic warmth in huge finish and lots of vanilla and whiskey character. It smells great, though the bourbon is almost too much and really tends to overwhelm everything else, especially in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 02:59:24 | More by nickfl
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velcrogrip

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 02:40:48 | More by velcrogrip
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 02:34:51 | More by CuriousMonk
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Myst

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 02:30:48 | More by Myst
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown color with little to no head. The aroma is full of barley and bourbon scents. The taste is sweet and has a thick volume to it that you have come to expect with the bourbon county label. Among the molasses and sweet flavor is just the right amount of rye flavor with hints of vanilla. Very delicious and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:23:20 | More by Lemke10
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-05-2013 02:19:05 | More by lonewolfcry
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 01:46:59 | More by Thedrizzle
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-05-2013 01:32:10 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have my hands on a couple bottles, this was the hardest for me to get excluding 2013 bombers. Served at room temp into a GI glass.

Very dark reddish-brown pushing black, could probably be classified as a stout based on appearance alone. Decent head that recedes very fast and leaves a tiny light brown circle at the top. Not much for lacing or legs.

Incredibly complex aroma and quite sweet. First comes bourbon then big malts, dark fruit, sugar, and those vanilla-oak tones.

The taste is very dynamic. Big bourbon flavor is followed by some chocolate, figs, raisins, grape juice, vanilla, and wood. Extremely difficult to try to explain because there is too much going on. I was hoping for a bit more of a warming bourbon taste on the finish.

Thick, lightly carbonated, and definitely a sipper that should be a prime candidate for any cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:16:42 | More by mnphish
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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